Melvin M. Frey

Melvin M. Frey, age 82 of Collinsville, IL, born November 24, 1932 in Flat River, MO passed away at 4:03 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Melvin retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 40 years of service.  He was an Air Force veteran serving from 1952 to 1956 in the Korean War. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 365 in Collinsville, IL, and Mel never missed a fish fry. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Ruby Frey; two sisters, Patsy Butler and Mary Pilkington; and a grandson, Randy Diehl Frey.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy “Toy” nee Cooper Frey, whom he married on April 5, 1959; granddaughter, Stephanie (Nick) Luchtefeld of Smithton, IL; and three great grandchildren:  Kelsey, Connor, Aubrey Luchtefeld, and a son William R. Frey of Granite City, IL.

Visitation will be from 9am to 1pm on Monday June 8, 2015 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center, Maryville, IL.  Immediately following the visitation a procession will leave from the funeral home for burial with military honors at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville, IL.

A celebration of Mel’s life will be held at the Collinsville American Legion at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.


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